The Northwest saw the highest growth at 10%. Q1 of 2015 saw the number of procurement jobs rise by 8% in the UK compared to the same period last year.
Figures from the Robert Walters UK Jobs Index, which charts vacancy numbers posted to online platforms, have revealed that the increase in procurement roles is most pronounced in the Northwest with a rise of 10% quarter on quarter.
London and the Southeast also saw healthy growth of 7%.
James Franklin, Procurement Recruitment Manager, Robert Walters comments:
“The greatest demand is for mid-level candidates with five to ten years experience, while interim roles at the senior level are also common. Demand for more junior professionals exists but is less pronounced.
“The market has also shown demand this quarter for procurement professionals with specific skills sets or experience. Category managers in marketing, human resources and facilities have all been highly sought after, as have candidates with both strategic and operational experience. This has been observed across both financial services and within commerce and industry.
“The upturn in the economy and resulting prosperity of SMEs has led to demand for generalist procurement professionals, as these smaller firms become confident enough to invest in new talent. Additionally, the continued emergence of new procurement consultancies keen to expand their teams due to increased projects, has also assisted in the growth of available roles.”